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star this property date less than 2017-07-18more like thismore than 2017-07-18
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Department for Education more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government how many, and what proportion of, schools in the UK have a library; and how they assess the quality of such libraries and their staff. more like this
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Lord Bird more like this
star this property uin HL957 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-28more like thismore than 2017-07-28
star this property answer text <p>School libraries play an important role in encouraging pupils to read for pleasure. We believe that it should be for schools to decide whether to provide and maintain a library service for their pupils.</p><p>Head teachers do recognise the role libraries can play in improving young people’s literacy, and ensure that suitable library facilities are provided. It is also up to schools to decide how they run their library. While many head teachers, especially those in secondary schools, choose to employ a qualified librarian, this is not a statutory requirement.</p><p>We do not collect data on school library provision. However, the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) indicated in 2011 that 92% of pupils in Year 5 in England were attending a school where there was a library. This was above the international average of 86%.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL956 more like this
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less than 2017-07-28T11:34:14.853Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-28T11:34:14.853Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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753268
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-07-18more like thismore than 2017-07-18
star this property answering body
Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 remove filter
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that every school has an adequate library with qualified staff. more like this
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Lord Bird more like this
star this property uin HL956 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-28more like thismore than 2017-07-28
star this property answer text <p>School libraries play an important role in encouraging pupils to read for pleasure. We believe that it should be for schools to decide whether to provide and maintain a library service for their pupils.</p><p>Head teachers do recognise the role libraries can play in improving young people’s literacy, and ensure that suitable library facilities are provided. It is also up to schools to decide how they run their library. While many head teachers, especially those in secondary schools, choose to employ a qualified librarian, this is not a statutory requirement.</p><p>We do not collect data on school library provision. However, the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) indicated in 2011 that 92% of pupils in Year 5 in England were attending a school where there was a library. This was above the international average of 86%.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL957 more like this
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less than 2017-07-28T11:34:14.807Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-28T11:34:14.807Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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4564
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755103
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-07-20more like thismore than 2017-07-20
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Department for Education more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Horticulture: Education more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to promote the benefits of horticulture and gardening-based social activities (1) nationally, and (2) in schools and colleges, including as part of any reforms to the national curriculum; and if so, how. more like this
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Lord Bird more like this
star this property uin HL1111 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-28more like thismore than 2017-07-28
star this property answer text <p>Almost all primary schools in England offer gardening based activities in one form or another. In primary, the National Curriculum for science sets out that pupils must be taught to identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including trees. It also recommends that schools should use the local environment throughout the year to explore and answer questions about plants growing in their habitat.</p><p> </p><p>We have no plans to make changes to the National Curriculum, or to promote any specific subject. The Royal Horticultural Society, however, does great work to promote gardening in schools. Their campaign provides free resources to inspire and support schools to provide children with gardening opportunities.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2017-07-28T11:18:02.617Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-28T11:18:02.617Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
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Department for Education more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Adult Education more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will support adult learning at entry level and pre-qualification level to help those who want to develop the skills and confidence to progress to higher level qualifications, as recommended in the independent panel report to the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding. more like this
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Lord Bird more like this
star this property uin HL15978 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
star this property answer text <p>The independent panel’s report forms an important step in the government’s Review of Post-18 Education and Funding. The government will consider the panel’s recommendations carefully and engage with stakeholders before concluding the review at the Spending Review.</p><p> </p><p>The Adult Education Budget aims to provide adults with the skills and learning that they need to equip them for work, an apprenticeship or other learning. It enables flexible tailored programmes, which may or may not require a qualification, to be made available to help eligible adults to undertake in learning programmes, build their confidence and enhance their wellbeing. This includes community learning and funding to help learners overcome barriers to learning, such as financial hardship or learning difficulties or disabilities. The department is considering adult skills more widely in preparation for the upcoming Spending Review.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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HL15977 more like this
HL15979 more like this
HL15980 more like this
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less than 2019-06-18T13:16:01.823Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-18T13:16:01.823Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
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Department for Education more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Social Services more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the Serious Case Reviews published by the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board on 5 June, and (2) the report by the Commissioner for Children’s Services in Northamptonshire Optimum delivery and governance arrangements: children's services in Northamptonshire, published on 14 May; and what steps they are taking to ensure that local authorities are sufficiently equipped to ensure that preventable deaths of children do not occur in future. more like this
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Lord Bird more like this
star this property uin HL16297 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-25more like thismore than 2019-06-25
star this property answer text <p>The two serious case reviews published by Northamptonshire’s local safeguarding children’s board, on 5 June 2019, identify serious and systemic practice issues in the local area. It is imperative that the analysis in the serious case reviews identifies the right learning points and recommendations. We have taken urgent action to improve services in Northamptonshire by appointing Malcolm Newsam as the Commissioner for Children’s Services. He has a remit to secure immediate remedial action and drive a longer-term programme of improvement in the county. The department has also written to Mr Newsam to ask that he consider the lessons learnt and assure himself that the recommendations are indeed the right ones to effect change.</p><p> </p><p>We are also funding Lincolnshire county council, an outstanding local authority and part of the Government’s Partners in Practice initiative, to provide immediate improvement, support and capacity to Northamptonshire county council to ensure the safety of children in the county.</p><p>On 14 May 2019, My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government made a written statement signalling the government’s intention to act on recommendations from the Commissioner's report. The intention is to establish a Children’s Services Trust that provides a stable base for improvement during a period of wider re-organisation in Northamptonshire. On 10 June 2019, a statutory direction was issued to Northamptonshire county council to co-operate with the Commissioner in the establishment of the Trust.</p><p> </p><p>This initiative is just part of an extensive range of support and comprehensive reforms that allow us to take swift, decisive action to either prevent or address failure in local authorities. These reforms include establishing a new specialist social work regulator, Social Work England, and rolling out a national assessment and accreditation system for social workers. We are also committing £84 million (over the next five years) to build on learning from the most promising innovation projects, such as the ‘Strengthening Families, Protecting Children’ programme. This programme aims to improve social work practice and decision-making so that children’s social workers are confident in their support of children and young people to enable them to stay safely at home with their families, where this is deemed to be in their best interests.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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less than 2019-06-25T13:18:25.083Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-25T13:18:25.083Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-06-04more like thismore than 2018-06-04
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Department for Education more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Social Mobility more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Harrison Centre for Social Mobility's Social Mobility Pledge initiative. more like this
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Lord Bird more like this
star this property uin HL8254 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-06-18more like thismore than 2018-06-18
star this property answer text <p>The Social Mobility Pledge initiative represents an excellent opportunity for businesses to become Social Mobility Pledge accredited employers, by committing to enhance support for people from disadvantaged backgrounds. We would encourage all employers to sign-up to the pledge.</p><p> </p><p>The pledge fits with the aims of the government’s own strategies for social mobility, including the Careers and Industrial Strategies and ‘Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential’, which is the government’s national plan to support children and young people to reach their full potential.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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less than 2018-06-18T16:37:13.263Zmore like thismore than 2018-06-18T16:37:13.263Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-03-13more like thismore than 2019-03-13
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Department for Education more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Social Mobility: Employment more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Social Mobility Pledge; and what steps they are taking to support its uptake by employers. more like this
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Lord Bird more like this
star this property uin HL14513 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-25more like thismore than 2019-03-25
star this property answer text <p>The Social Mobility Pledge (SMP) initiative represents an excellent opportunity for businesses to become SMP accredited employers, by committing to enhance support for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.</p><p> </p><p>We recognise the importance of the pledge. It fits with the aims of the government’s own strategies for social mobility. We are leading by example - the attached Civil Service Workforce Plan sets out how government provides exemplary leadership on social mobility as an employer and leads the way for other organisations. In addition, the department was ranked 18th out of 106 employers who submitted entries to the 2018 Social Mobility Employer Index. This index ranks Britain’s employers on the actions they are taking to improve access and progression.</p><p> </p><p>We offer similar initiatives to the SMP which supports employers to improve social mobility. For example, the Department for Education’s ‘Skills Partner’ initiative encourages employers to sign a statement of action with the government, demonstrating collective commitment to a strong skills programme that gives every individual the opportunity to succeed.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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less than 2019-03-25T16:58:19.533Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-25T16:58:19.533Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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unstar this property file name HL14513_Civil_Service_Workforce_Plan.pdf more like this
star this property title HL14513_Civil_Service_Workforce_Plan more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 remove filter
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading School Libraries more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the call by the Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell, for there to be a statutory requirement for each school to provide a library. more like this
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Lord Bird more like this
star this property uin HL17578 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T16:33:00.847Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T16:33:00.847Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-11-29more like thismore than 2018-11-29
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Department for Education more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Further Education: Capital Investment more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for extending the £400 million of extra capital funding for schools, announced in this year's autumn statement, to further education colleges; and whether they have any plans to provide such funding in future. more like this
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Lord Bird more like this
star this property uin HL11923 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-12more like thismore than 2018-12-12
star this property answer text <p>My right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that £400 million will be made available to schools in 2018-19. This funding is not available to further education (FE) colleges, as these receive capital funding in a different way from schools.</p><p>FE colleges are eligible for capital funding via the £12 billion Local Growth Fund, of which £130 million is for skills capital. This is administered by Local Enterprise Partnerships. The government has also recently announced £38 million capital funding for the first providers of T levels. We understand the pressure FE colleges are facing and are considering future capital funding arrangements for FE colleges through the Spending Review in 2019.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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less than 2018-12-12T17:36:35.6Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-12T17:36:35.6Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-04-09more like thismore than 2019-04-09
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Department for Education more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Apprentices: Taxation more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposal by the retailer Timpsons for a more flexible approach to the apprenticeship levy that does not require the use of pre-approved, often non-specialised, training providers in order to qualify for a grant. more like this
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Lord Bird more like this
star this property uin HL15140 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-23more like thismore than 2019-04-23
star this property answer text <p>​Our apprenticeship reforms have put employers in the driving seat, empowering them to design new high-quality standards that give apprentices the skills that employers need. We are replacing old-style apprenticeship frameworks, which employers told us were not equipping apprentices to do the job. There are now over 420 industry-designed standards available for employers to use. We’ve seen strong uptake of these new standards; during the first half of 2018/19 nearly 60% of apprenticeship starts were on them.</p><p>We have introduced the levy to create long-term sustainable investment in high-quality apprenticeship training. Employers are able to choose how to spend their levy, so long as they spend it on apprenticeships. It is important that we maximise the effectiveness of government investment in training and our reforms are making sure that apprenticeships are delivering the high-quality training that both individuals and employers need.</p><p>​We have introduced the register of apprenticeship training providers to give employers assurance that the training received by apprentices will be of a high quality. The register ensures that only providers who are appropriately skilled, ready to deliver, and financially stable can access apprenticeship funding. Employers who want to directly deliver apprenticeship training to their own employees can apply to the register, which remains open for applications.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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less than 2019-04-23T12:56:53.803Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-23T12:56:53.803Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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4564
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